Today’s passage gives us a glimpse into the hearts of people. The actors in this passage reveal what they truly value. The scribes and Pharisees sought to kill Jesus in order to keep the power they treasured. The woman poured her most valuable possession on Jesus, because she treasured him more. The disciple was upset because he treasured money more than Christ.
John tells us, “Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray him, said, ‘Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?’ This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it” (John 12:4-6, NKJV).
Jesus defended the woman because he treasures worship. May we be like the woman with the fragrant oil, willing to give whatever we have to Jesus because he is truly treasured.
Lord, please open my eyes to see how valuable you are. May I treasure you above all things. AMEN.